Surf The Web iPad Style From Your PC and Firefox [How-To]

Groovy Apple Tips, Tricks, Tutorials, News, Updates, and How-ToApple’s new iPad is finally available for purchase!  At a price of $499 (for the basic WiFi-only model) there are still plenty of reasons to justify not buying it (um.. no 3G for one,) but then again it’s a shiny new device from Apple and who doesn’t like those?  If you’re still on the teeter-totter trying to figure out whether you want one, it could help to see what the web looks like while using an iPad.  I’ve tested out a few sites myself, and I have to say – it looks good.  Once the iPad WiFi/3G Model starts shipping – yeah, I’ll probably nab one.

Many of the popular websites on the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Gmail, Bing, etc., are all jumping up and creating new unique interfaces designed just for iPad users.  Although the interfaces are designed specifically for use with a touch screen, you can still get around many of them just fine with a mouse.  Now’s your chance you surf the web with your iPad before you buy it, or at least try out a fun trick with Firefox!  Oh yeah, Try-before-you-buy baby!


Twitter as it would look using an iPad

twitter ipad interface


What Gmail looks like when using an iPad

use the gmail ipad interface


Ready to give it a try?  This groovy trick is somewhat of a spoof, so keep in mind that not all sites will work 100% because we aren’t on a real iPad.  Let’s get down to business.


How To Preview The Web Using The iPad Interface For Popular Sites


1. In Firefox visit:  Once there Click the Add to Firefox button to add User Agent Switcher as an add-on.

install user agent switcher for firefox


2. While installing the add-o, Firefox will have to restart.  Once Firefox is back up, Click Tools > Add-ons.

firefox add-ons


3. In the Extensions tab, Click Options.

firefox options for extensions


4. Click New > New User Agent

add a new user agent to agent switcher


5. This next part is crucial.  Place the following for each category exactly, or copy the image below.

Description: iPad
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B314 Safari/531.21.10
App Code Name: iPad
App Name: Mobile Safari
App Version: 5.0 (Macintosh; en-US)

Once you’ve entered all of the fields, Click OK and go back to Firefox.

spoof an ipad


6. Click Tools > Default User Agent > iPad.  If iPad isn’t there, then repeat Step 4 and 5.

spoof the ipad profile


Once you switch the default user agent, every website you visit will think you’re using an iPad!  I particularly enjoyed Google’s new interface for many of their services.


Do you have an opinion about the iPad?  We would love to hear it below in the comments!

Google Services on the iPad and Tablet [via]



  1. shockersh

    So is now the time to buy Apple Stock or do you think the price already reflects the iPad sales?

    • MrGroove

      Well… if your reading stuff like this: then perhaps you should buy the stock and ride it up to the $300’s. That being said, I personally think the stock is WAY to expensive at this point to even consider investing in. It would take $23800 to buy just 100 shares then if the stock went from to 300 that’s just $6,000 in profit.

      Personally, I would prefer to find a stock in the $10-$30 range, buy several hundred shares keeping my risk low and my reward high. Perhaps Ford…… that is if you think the stock will hit $25 like some are saying. ;)

  2. sid

    Thanks for an informative article.One thing i will like to know is from where did you find the user agent for iPad..Just curious..cheers!!!

  3. sid

    it works like a charm ..thanks again

  4. sid

    one more question if you dont mind ..i really liked your screenshots..which software do you use…apologies for being too inquisitive but cant help it!!!
    Thanks again!!

  5. Dwight Stegall

    Works great. I’m using it right now on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

    I don’t think I’ll be buying an iPad anytime soon. :)

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  7. Stijn

    Unfortunately it does not work with the webapp from the financial times.
    Any ideas?

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